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Posted 8/10/17 at 12:22 AM | Mark Ellis

The faith of Glen Campbell, the prodigal singing star rescued from his demons

Glen Campbell

By Mark Ellis

Glen Campbell, the acclaimed pop-country singer, songwriter, and musician, who sold more than 45 million records and won four Grammys, passed to his reward August 8th due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.

During the height of his career he hosted The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television, from 1969 to 1972. He amassed 12 gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album.

He is best known for hits that include “Gentle on My Mind”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, and “Southern Nights”.

“I’m not a country singer per se, I’m a country boy who sings,” Campbell once told an interviewer.

He also had a turbulent personal life with three failed marriages, partly due to his battle with alcohol and cocaine addiction.

He was a farm boy who grew up in Billstown, Arkansas, the son of a sharecropper named after Christian historical giant John Wesley. Glen was the seventh of 12 children.

Campbell started playing guitar at four-years-old after his uncle Boo bought him a five-dollar guitar from Sears. He practiced guitar when he wasn’t working in the cotton fields. FULL POST

Posted 8/7/17 at 4:48 PM | Mark Ellis

Gog & Magog? Russia building military base near Israel’s border

Russian soldiers in Syria

By Mark Ellis

Russian military forces have replaced the Syrian regime’s military presence in southern Syria, and have built a base in the area, according to a report by the Jewish News Service.

The unsettling development reveals that Russia plans to create a more permanent military presence near Israel’s northern border, setting the stage for the potential fulfillment of Bible prophecies.

The Russian build-up near Israel comes after the implementation of a Syrian cease-fire agreement brokered by the U.S. and Russia in July.

Israeli soldier patrols on the Golan Heights (Credit:IDF)
Many students of Bible prophecy believe that Russia will lead an attack against Israel with other nations in the “latter days” mentioned in Ezekial 38.

At the beginning of Ezekial 38 a vast army is identified that includes: “Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal…Persia, Ethiopia and Put…Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north.”

Many interpreters identify these with the modern nations of Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, and other Slavic people to the north of Israel.

Ezekial 38:14-16 states: Therefore prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “On that day when My people Israel are living securely, will you not know it? You will come from your place out of the remote parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great assembly and a mighty army; and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog. FULL POST

Posted 8/4/17 at 2:20 PM | Mark Ellis

L.A. Times uses front page ‘hit piece’ to attack pastor leading WH Bible study

Trump cabinet gathers for prayer after Gorsuch nomination

By Mark Ellis

President Donald Trump’s cabinet members have been gathering weekly for prayer and Bible study sessions, which seems to infuriate media elites at the L.A. Times, who recently launched a venomous attack against the man leading the studies.

Ralph Drollinger, the founder of Capitol Ministries, initiated the Bible study during President Trump’s transition to the White House and continues to lead the group.

At 7’1”, Drollinger once played under legendary Coach John Wooden at UCLA and was the first player to go to four NCAA Final-Four Tournaments. Wooden famously coached his players to exhibit “grace under pressure,” something Drollinger may need in abundance to withstand the fiery darts of enraged secular critics.

Attendees at the study have included Vice President Pence; Secretaries Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, Sonny Perdue, Rick Perry, Tom Price and Jeff Sessions; EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

They are some of the most powerful people in the U.S. government, something that agitates critics of the administration.

The writer of the L.A. Times story claimed to be in “shock” because Drollinger “once counseled a group of Sacramento lawmakers that female politicians with young children have no business serving in the Legislature. In fact, he called them sinners.” FULL POST

Posted 8/3/17 at 3:06 PM | Mark Ellis

Unemployed coal miner who confronted Clinton to run for Senate against Joe Manchin

Bo Copley

By Mark Ellis

Bo Copley, the unemployed coal miner who gained national attention after he challenged Secretary Clinton’s statements about the coal industry, is also a strong Christian who was at the heart of the revival that swept West Virginia.

He prayed and fasted before meeting Mrs. Clinton, then invited her to attend a revival meeting that night only a short distance away from their encounter on May 2, 2016.

Now he’s stirred up the political establishment by throwing his hat into the ring as a Republican running against Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. He declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate exactly one year to the day after his meeting with Hillary Clinton.

“I prayed and labored for some time about whether or not we should attempt this,” he says. “I have some very established and high profile politicians that I will face in the primary, but we know that God goes before us into battle.”

Copley and his wife, Lauren, made the decision together. “I felt in my heart He was telling me to pray with Lauren, TOGETHER. We view marriage as a covenant relationship, and I know that He wouldn’t send me somewhere without her being onboard, or at least revealing to her the same goal,” he says. FULL POST

Posted 8/2/17 at 4:22 PM | Mark Ellis

Myanmar: Pastor casts demons out of chief’s son, Buddhist village comes to Christ

Myanmar village

By Mark Ellis

Dano was raised in a Christian home by parents who formerly practiced animism. After his father died, Dano turned to God and accepted Jesus as his Savior.

As a young man, Dano enlisted in the military and had combat experience on the frontlines fighting Chinese rebels. “Our enemies ambushed us, they shot us and landmines exploded.” Dano reported in a story by Open Doors.

He narrowly escaped the ambush. “I was positioned on the frontline, there was one experienced soldier before me and another behind me. The soldiers in front of me and behind me were killed by the explosion of the landmines. I found out that 120 soldiers died.”

Dano believes his life was spared for a reason. “I believe God preserved my life from death on the battlefield for a purpose—because it is written in the Bible that God protects those whom He has chosen. I believe God has chosen me to do his work and serve his people,” he told Open Doors.

After eight years of service, Dano left the military and obtained a license to operate a timber business and began to earn his livelihood exporting timber to Thailand.

One day he had a surprising vision. “I was shown a vine full of grapes, fully ripe and waiting to be plucked. A heavenly angel asked me to pluck the grapes and eat them. If I didn’t pluck he would send someone else.” FULL POST

Posted 7/31/17 at 2:17 PM | Mark Ellis

Finland: Hundreds of Muslim refugees converting to Christianity

By Mark Ellis

Muslim asylum seekers from the Middle East are converting to Christianity by the hundreds, according to Evangelical Lutheran church leaders.

A church in eastern Finland is conducting classes for the new believers from Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, according to a report by the Finnish news organization Uutiset.

Conservative estimates of the number of exiles who have renounced Islam for Christianity is several hundred in the last few years, Marja-Liisa Laihia, an administrator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church, told Uutiset.

About 20 young Afghani men are currently involved in pre-confirmation teaching at a church in Imatra, Eastern Finland. They have been provided copies of the New Testament in the Dari language, their heart language. They are instructed in English, with a Dari interpreter helping via Skype.

Training for the new converts began a year ago, following the establishment of a reception center for the refugees in Imatra.

“Asylum seekers began attending our services so we reacted by starting up the lessons,” pastor Vesa Julin told Uutiset.

One of the first questions by many of the new converts is about baptism. “I haven’t been baptized yet, but I’m looking forward to it and I’m sure I will be a good Christian,” Aliraza Hussaini said. FULL POST

Posted 7/31/17 at 2:13 PM | Mark Ellis

Heavy metal singer stands up for Jesus, loses fans

By Mark Ellis

A former heavy metal singer from Of Mice & Men, Austin Carlile, has made some bold expressions about his faith recently, and also paid a price for it.

In a July 24th Tweet, he acknowledged the cost: “I LOSE followers any time I speak about God or His son Jesus, ppl don’t wanna hear it. What I GAIN from knowing Him though… irreplaceable.”

“It may not be ‘cool’ to believe, it may not be popular, but the GOD of the entire universe loves you. Realizing this changed my entire life,” he noted in a report by CBN.

The musician was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disease that affects the body’s connective tissue. When the aorta valve is affected, the disorder may be fatal, which happened to Flo Hyman, the Olympic silver-medalist in volleyball, who collapsed and died at age 31.

The disease is associated with people who have long legs and arms. Some believe President Lincoln may suffered from the disorder, but the theory has never been proven.

Carlile continues to praise God as he battles the insidious disease. Treatment usually involves beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, and sometimes surgery, according to Wikipedia. FULL POST

Posted 7/31/17 at 2:07 PM | Mark Ellis

God used fighting between two villages to bring salvation

By Mark Ellis

Imie and Amy Mark consider themselves “expendable for the King” in their service as missionaries in Papua New Guinea with Ethnos360.

Amy, and their two youngest children, had the opportunity to spend part of their spring break in North Wahgi visiting another of the missionary families affiliated with Ethnos360 ministering among the people there.

During their visit, they learned about recent fighting that had broken out between two neighboring villages. Sadly, hostilities began over a refusal to lend less than $2 and escalated into an all-out battle between the villages, Imie recounts on their blog.

To escape the fighting, some people in one of the villages came to stay with the missionary family Amy was visiting. While they were there, they were invited to hear the Foundational Bible Teaching (where they teach through Creation to Christ to present the gospel in the full context of the whole of Scripture).

The power of the Word and the Spirit touched several who were there. “Two of these men believed and became new brothers in Christ!” Imie reports.

“They went back to their village and told their families and others that they needed to hear this teaching because it is unlike anything they had ever heard.” FULL POST

Posted 7/31/17 at 1:56 PM | Mark Ellis

Blood nanoparticles on Shroud of Turin reveal victim suffered torture

By Mark Ellis

Blood nanoparticles – rather than pigments associated with paint – discovered by researchers studying the Shroud of Turin reveal the victim suffered severe trauma consistent with torture.

The researchers in Italy used new techniques in electron microscopy to find the blood nanoparticles, according to CBN.

“The Blood serum tells us that before dying the person was suffering,” Dr. Elvio Carlino told CBN. Since 2001, Dr. Carlino has been the scientific director of Triest’s TASC IMO-CNR Microscopy Center.

“This means that the Turin Shroud is not fake… It is certainly the funeral fabric that wrapped a tortured man,” he said.

Dr. Carlino, along with L. De Caro, C. Giannini, and Giulio Fanti are the authors of the study: Atomic resolution studies detect new biologic evidences on the Turin Shroud, published June 30, 2017.

The Shroud of Turin is a handmade linen cloth, 4.4 meters long and 1.1 meter wide, revealing a double image of the dead body of a scourged, thorn-crowned man who was stabbed in the side and crucified.

Many Christians believe it was the burial cloth of Jesus. Others think that it is a fake. However, the image on the Shroud has not been adequately explained or reproduced by scientists. FULL POST

Posted 7/24/17 at 3:19 PM | Mark Ellis

North Korean government agent spied on Christians, accepted Jesus on his deathbed

By Mark Ellis

Her parents were secret Christians in a society where any public expression of faith leads to imprisonment and possibly death. When she stumbled on their closely held secret as a young girl, she almost turned her own parents into the authorities.

“Like so many Christian families, our family was banished in the 1950s to a remote village,” Kim Sang-Hwa* told Open Doors. “They continued to hide their faith from the outside world.”

Their house was very small, and they all slept in the same room. When she was six-years-old, she woke up earlier than usual one morning. “When I opened my eyes, I saw my father and mother under the blanket and I could hear the soft noise of the radio. Later I learned they were listening to a broadcast from a Christian radio station,” she recounted.

A few years later she made an even more dramatic discovery. “When I was 12, I accidentally found a Bible my parents had hidden in their closet. I don’t know why, but I started to feel inside the cabinet with my hand, pulled out a book and began to read.”

Because of her schoolteachers’ indoctrination, she realized her discovery was dangerous and she was obligated to tell her teachers about the illegal book. FULL POST

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